On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order temporarily suspending the issuance of new green cards, which applies to those seeking permanent residence in the U.S. The order will last for 60 days, and can be modified during the 60 days or potentially extended at the end of the 60 days. 

The order will apply to foreign nationals seeking a green card who are outside the U.S. at the time of the order, but will not apply to legal immigrants in the country seeking to change their immigration status.

Cory Lunde

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that will, in part, replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), following passage of the bill in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. President Trump has said he will sign the bill into law. We will notify our members when the funding from the $484 billion “Phase 3.5” stimulus package becomes available.

Paycheck Protection Program

Cory Lunde

Effectively immediately, the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) will accept any claim by an essential worker for a diagnosed case of COVID-19. This is regardless of whether or not that worker can demonstrate the virus was contracted during the course of employment. The change directly affects all essential businesses who are insured with SCIF for their workers’ compensation.

Jeff Gullickson

Concentric Power, a vertically integrated clean energy project developer, will be discussing the company’s approach to continued innovation and sharing the results coming out of the coronavirus crisis, during their webinar on May 7, 2020. The startup is a member of the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology.

Chardae Heim


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